The Force is alive and well in San Diego, Calif., this weekend. Thousands of fans lined up for the Star Wars panel at Comic-Con on Friday, July 10, and were rewarded not only with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, but also with a cameo from Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford.
The Fugitive actor, 72, entered Hall H to wild applause, joining fellow Star Wars vets Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, as well as franchise newcomers Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie. It was Ford’s first public appearance since his March plane crash, which left him with a broken leg.
“I’m fine,” he reassured fans. “Thank you very much…I’m good.”
Asked how it felt to return to Star Wars more than 30 years after he last played Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, the Indiana Jones star quipped, “It should have felt ridiculous…Here I was doing something that I did so long ago. But I can tell you that it felt great.”
He continued: “I wasn’t so sure it would, but the company was the right company, the director was the right director. Larry [Kasdan], you wrote us a wonderful story, and I was proud and grateful to once again be involved.”
Prior to Ford’s much-lauded appearance, director Abrams showed a nearly four-minute behind-the-scenes reel, which offered glimpses of the Force Awakens sets and costumes, as well as snippets of interviews with the cast.
“It’s being done with such love and such enthusiasm from everybody,” Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron, says of the film. “And I think that you’ll be able to feel that coming off the screen.”
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